STRATEGY CCUS delivered “exceptional results”, made significant impact, and contributed to the creation of two follow-up projects, according to the European Commission’s final review of our work.
STRATEGY CCUS was an ambitious three-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon programme to support development of low-carbon energy and industry in eight European regions. The team sought to accelerate development of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies to help deliver significant cuts in emissions. This was achieved via local development plans and business models tailored to each region’s specific needs.
“The project has delivered exceptional results with significant immediate or potential impact,” the EC found.
The EC noted that the project’s work “fully contributed” to the European policy objectives of the Green Deal and the European Climate Law, for a carbon neutral continent by 2050, as well as with the existent CCUS Roadmap to 2030 developed under the CCUS Set-Plan.
“The roadmap highlights the necessity to deliver commercial-scale industry CCS projects, which is very much in line with the work developed by STRATEGY CCUS,” it said.
The project also lives on, firstly, via PilotSTRATEGY, a storage-focused project, already in its second year, and, secondly, via CCUS Zen, a networking project, which began this autumn. PilotSTRATEGY is funded via the H2020 framework and CCUS Zen through Horizon Europa.
“STRATEGY CCUS outputs keep generating interest from stakeholders and the general public,” the EC said. “Moreover, the project developed a public tool kit for social engagement which remains available for future use. All the social engagement work done in local communities of the target regions resulted in positive outcomes: more well informed communities and overall good perception of CCUS.”
Dr Fernanda M L Veloso of BRGM and the project’s coordinator said she was delighted to have received such positive feedback.
“We had a great team which worked together well and produced high quality findings,” she said. “At BRGM, we are delighted to be working again with many of the same partners on PilotSTRATEGY and CCUS Zen.”
Image: Scientists from 10 countries worked on STRATEGY CCUS. The team is pictured here at the final meeting in June in Brussels.